Category Archives: Security Policy

Resurrecting the Papua New Guinea Defence Force

by Paul Pryce. He is a Junior Research Fellow at the Atlantic Council of Canada. With degrees in political science from universities on both sides of the pond, he has previously worked in conflict resolution as a Research Fellow with … Continue reading

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A successful DDR is the key to Mali’s long-term peace

DDR is the acronym for Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration, which is an important process to achieve a non-violent state — or even peace in the long term — between groups in conflict. According to the UN, the demobilisation of armed … Continue reading

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Amman the Arbiter: Why Jordan is the perfect state to bridge a compromise in Syria

by Paul Iddon. Shortly after Russia’s military deployment to Syria, the Jordanians agreed to Russian offers to establish a “special working mechanism” in Amman for military coordination in Syria — a country in which both have interests, some of which diverge. … Continue reading

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Frankreichs Krieg gegen den IS – Offenbarungseid einer Militärmacht

von Björn Müller (Twitter). Er ist Journalist in Berlin mit dem Schwerpunkt Sicherheits- und Geopolitik. Die Terroranschläge in Paris zeigen Frankreich als gescheiterte Militärmacht. Der Anspruch, militärisch eine eigenständige Großmacht zu sein, ist nicht mehr haltbar. Vier Maßnahmen, die Präsident … Continue reading

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Will Iraq’s new F-16’s police the ‘One Iraq’ policy?

by Paul Iddon. The Iraqi government is really insistent that if any armed groups in the country want guns — the Kurds, mainly — they must go through Baghdad first. Now Iraq is getting the means to enforce that policy through … Continue reading

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Sea Control 100 – South China Sea, Freedom of Navigation and the problem of innocent passage

The dispute in the South China Sea has been an already well covered topic here on In short: China claims most of the waters within its “nine dash line” forming almost 80% of the South China Sea. At a … Continue reading

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Nigerias Terrorismusproblem ist größer als Boko Haram

von Peter Dörrie Nigeria ist ein komplexer Staat, die bevölkerungsreichste Demokratie Afrikas, ein vielseitiges Produkt britischer Kolonialgeschichte und 55 Jahren Unabhängigkeit dominiert von der Erdölwirtschaft. Im Sicherheitsbereich dominiert aber seit einigen Jahren ein einziges Thema: Boko Haram. Der Aufstand islamischer … Continue reading

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The Iranian-built Sorocaima Reflagged

Previously, I covered Iran’s construction of the Sorocaima for Venezuela’s PDVSA in what was supposed to be a four tanker deal. Despite Iranian news stories to the contrary, the vessel was never delivered, largely due to Venezuela’s mismanagement of the economy. It also seems … Continue reading

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The United States Hasn’t Abandoned Israel Over The Iran Deal

by Joseph Trevithick, a freelance journalist and researcher. He is also a regular contributing writer at War is Boring and a Fellow at Since reaching a landmark agreement with Iran over its controversial nuclear program, U.S. President Barack Obama … Continue reading

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Growing maritime linkages in Indo-Pacific: India-US-Japan

by Darshana M. Baruah. She is a Junior Fellow at the New Delhi based think tank, Observer Research Foundation, is working on the South China Sea and has completed her Masters in International Relations from Cardiff University in 2012. The … Continue reading

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